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PFC Max Coleman Simpson
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1944
Carlsbad
Eddy County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1967, Vietnam

In Memory of PFC Max Coleman Simpson.
*** Private First Class Simpson was a member of 155th Transportation Company, 5th Transportation Battalion, 1st Logistics Command. On January 24, 1967, he was swimming at Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam when he was carried away by the tide and drowned. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.


You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!


MAX COLEMAN SIMPSON - Army - PFC - E3 1st Log Cmd
Age: 22
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Mar 28, 1944
From: CARLSBAD, NM
Religion: PROTESTANT
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Charles E. Simpson of Santa Maria, CA and Mother, Lynn (Linda) A. Mathews of Amarillo, Tx. Child,Terry W. Simpson, age unknown and Daughter, Katherine L. Simpson, age unknown in care of Guardian, Las Cruces, New Mexico.



Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Jan 24, 1967
Casualty was on Jan 24, 1967
In , SOUTH VIETNAM
Non-Hostile, died missing, GROUND CASUALTY
DROWNED, SUFFOCATED
MILITARY DATA
MOS: 71M20: Chaplains Assistant
Length Service: 01
Unit: 155TH TRANS CO, 10TH TRANS BN, 124TH TRANS CMD, ARMY SPT CMD CAM RANH BAY, 1ST LOG CMD, USARV

CASUALTY DATA
Casualty Date: 01/24/1967
Age at Loss: 22
Location: Khanh Hoa Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body not recovered
Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died while missing
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty

Casualty Detail: Drowned or suffocated
Body was not recovered
Panel 14E - Line 74


Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)


On 24 January 1967, PFC Max C. Simpson was off duty and attending a swimming party with 16 other members of his transportation company at the Special Services Beach at Cam Ranh Bay, Khanh Hoa Province, South Vietnam.

After a few minutes others saw PFC Simpson being carried to far out into the bay, struggling to swim against the strong current and calling for help.

One man swam out to assist him, but the current and the undertow caused both men to be thrown against the rocks.

Another man attempted to throw a lifeline to Max Simpson, but the wind was too strong and the attempt was unsuccessful.

PFC Simpson went under the water and rocks several times before finally going under and staying down.

An immediate search and rescue (SAR) effort was initiated utilizing extensive air, sea and land resources.

These efforts lasted 4 days, but no trace of PFC Simpson or his remains were ever found.

The soldier who swam out to assist PFC Simpson was safely rescued.

At the time all formal search efforts were terminated, Max Simpson was listed Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered.




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Note: Looking for location of his Memorial Headstone.
 
Burial:
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
*Cenotaph [?]
 
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Nov 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62002875
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